We set sail for Vanuatu on a Friday- something we never do- never ever. Yes, some might say it's superstitious, and it is. Oh wait, I say that, and I am superstitious. Because if you don't know what you're doing, it's best not to tempt fate. See there I go again. Well, we had one of the best passages ever, and safely anchored after dark (another thing we don't ever do). I guess Vanuatu is a special place, easy-going and safe. Not being familiar with the anchorage and unable to gauge the distance between us and the anchor light of other boats, we dropped far outside the area. In the morning we awoke to the customs officials. They asked if we could please move closer to the other yachts before checking us in. They were so nice, and accommodating. We didn't have to call on the radio, or walk across town to multiple offices; it was the easiest of anywhere we've been. (FYI for cruisers, the Aneityum anchorage is open with good holding, our charts were accurate and coming in after dark was not a problem. Check-in was also easy, but there is no access to money here, only an exchange bank, so bring your $ US, NZ, Fijian or other currency. The fees totaled $80 US, and we were able to trade sugar and rice for produce).
|This is downtown.|
Ladies sat in the shade and chatted, the men were hauling cinder blocks to a build site. It was a great place to get off the boat and run around.
|Local kids hanging out in the residential area.|
|Miles flying his kite on Mystery Island|
|Self photo :)|
|A day at the beach with the crew of s/v Convivia!|
|Just hanging out|
|A short walk across the island through coconut palms and banana trees|
|I was so excited to find my first nautilus shell! ... followed by my 2nd, 3rd, 4th... Krister said I shouldn't keep them all, so I left a few for some one else to find. What a magical beach!|
We had a great time on Anetieyum and Mystery Island, but with such a short time left before we had to be in Australia, we had to keep moving. Early in the morning we set sail to Tanna. It was a long day's sail to Port Resolution, and our charts didn't provide much detail of the anchorage. The friendly locals came out to say hello, they brought delicious, organic produce and asked if we could come by and help fix their generators.
|Krister assessing the generator problem with Patrick, his son Louis, and the local boys.|
|The kids loved having their photo taken!|
|Britannia anchored in Port Resolution|
|Patrick's home, and village|
|Katie showing us the village garden. Sweet potato, taro, corn, beans, a variety of cabbage, papaya, banana,...|
|Beautiful banyan trees where everywhere|
|As the sun set, the lava glowed brighter and Mt Yasur disclosed its secrets|
|Local fishermen in their homemade outrigger|
|Krister on watch with the bananas received for working on a generator|
|The day before elections in Port Vila- voting is taken very seriously. The streets were full of pride and propaganda.|
|Amanda looking over Port Vila.|
We've had such wonderful times here in Vanuatu, wish we could stay longer.
|Footprints in the volcanic black sand|